Education News Weekly – 11th October, 2017

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Robot teachers, a backlash against social media and the vital importance of parental involvement…   Parental involvement ‘more important’ than schooling for child’s success – Independent Research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic success than the qualities of the … Read More

Understanding the ISEB Common Pre-Test

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What is the ISEB Common Pre-Test? The ISEB Common Pre-Tests are a standardised set of tests taken in Year 6 or Year 7, between the ages of 10 and 12, in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. They are used by many independent schools to assess the suitability of a candidate, and in many cases to determine whether or not … Read More

Education News Weekly – 4th October, 2017

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Wrong exams grades, frugal students and the cost of living near a top state school…   Tories’ new funding formula for schools merely ‘papering over the cracks’ – Independent Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, said schools will be given a funding rise of 0.5 per cent per pupil next year and a 1 per cent increase in 2019-20. The most … Read More

Education News: Summer Recap

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Students across the UK have returned to school and university after the summer break, but there’s been no shortage of education news in the meantime…     Exam Results – BBC, Guardian, Independent Half a million students received their GCSE results in August, including harder exams and the first wave of results in the (apparently confusing) new 9-1 format for … Read More

Education News Update: August Edition

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School’s out, but there’s still plenty of education news to report…      Schools News More than half a million primary school children in England are being taught in “super-sized” classes of over 30 pupils (Independent), new analysis of Government figures has revealed. Children in the South East and North West of the country are the worst affected, with more … Read More

Six ways that kids can stay productive this summer

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School’s out, children are free, and parents are tearing their hair out about how to keep their young’uns’ brains engaged over the long summer holidays. But never fear! We have some ideas for you…   1. Reading It’s hard to overstate the importance of reading to help develop a child’s writing, vocabulary, imagination and even maths/reasoning skills (seriously). Hopefully, they’ll … Read More

Education News Weekly – July 10th, 2017

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University tuition fees, argumentative youngsters and what Malala did next…   Tuition Fees – BBC, Telegraph, Independent One of education’s hottest potatoes has been back in the news, with an IFS report revealing that students can expect to leave university with debts of up to £57,000, taking into account the new 6.1% interest rates (Minerva’s blogger can confirm this figure, … Read More

ELECTION SPECIAL: How will education look in 2021?

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It’s 2021, after four years of the new government. Cars are driving themselves, people only shop online and at least two of your good friends are robots.  But what will the education landscape look like in 2021, if each party keeps to their manifesto promises? *DISCLAIMER*: MINERVA ARE NOT FORTUNE TELLERS, AND DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE PARTY IN POWER WILL ACTUALLY … Read More

Education News Weekly – 5th June, 2017

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Assaults on teachers, May’s mounting election woes and the link between drugs, alcohol and A*s     Election Update – Guardian, BBC, Independent With people heading to the polls this Thursday, and campaigning halted due to the weekend attacks in London, the race for No. 10 is getting tense…and personal.   The Guardian reports that the education funding crisis has soared … Read More

Why Coding Is the Future for Young People

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Grades, university degrees, interview skills, CV strength and personality will all help in your children’s future job hunt. But if they learn coding, you can stop worrying about everything else.   It is hard to overstate quite how important coding is becoming these days. In past blogs, we have already interviewed our expert coding tutor, Thomas Magnitis, discussed some of … Read More